About the Program




Recent studies show that in the United States, patient loss  due to  medical errors, is the third cause of death following cardiovascular diseases and cancer (1). Data from the World health Organisation (WHO)  show that in developed countries, one out of 10 in-patients are subject to such errors (2). There is no accurate information in our country on the frequency of medical errors.  It is communicated that the “Security Reporting System” implemented with the aim of the healthcare workers’ reporting medical errors, has shown that within two months, 4820 errors have been reported, surgical procedure preparations taking the leading position followed by drug ordering, preparation and applications (3). WHO states that the systematic and extensive precautions regarding patient safety would be expected to reduce the medical errors by 50% to 70 % (2). Patient safety  needs to be structured within the concept of healthcare quality management (4). The IEU interdisciplinary programs on “Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety” are designed with this understanding and the main aim is  contribute to educate knowledgeable, skilled and  proficient healthcare professionals  in this area, which  the country needs. With this perspective, the following themes are emphasized:

  • Learning basic concepts of healthcare quality and patient safety

  • Learning and applying international standards and accreditation

  • Learning and applying Internal and external audit within the umbrella of standards and accreditation

  • Learning and implementing quality development techniques

  • Creating patient safety culture and  awareness  and  proficiency on classification, recording, and monitoring of medical errors in regard to patient safety


Additionally, students of the Master’s  program with thesis are expected to acquire knowledge and skills on planning, coordinating, and presenting the outcomes of a research on healthcare quality and patient safety. The interdisciplinary programs offer a flexible course schedule (on week nights and weekends) that allows education for adult professionals  with busy work schedule.


We open our doors to interested students for the 2016-2017 academic year and wish them success.


Prof. Dr. Hakan Abacıoğlu

Director, MSc Programs in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

Dean, IUE School of Medicine


1.     Makary MA, Daniel M. Medical error- the third leading cause of death in the US. BMJ 2016;353:i2139

2.     http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/patient_safety/en (erişim : 22 Ocak 2017)

3.     http://www.medimagazin.com.tr/ilac-sanayi//tr-iste-turkiyede-en-sik-yapilan-tibbi-hatalar-8-17-70514.html

4.     Aspden P, Corrigan J, Wolcott J, et al., editors. Patient safety: achieving a new standard for care. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2004